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Anthrax Cleanup Day Finally Comes for Mail Sorting Center

Starting sometime Friday night, if all goes as planned, the mail sorting plant here will become a 280,000-square-foot execution chamber for anthrax spores and for at least some of the bad memories lingering from the awful fall of 2001. In the anthrax scare that killed five people, two and possibly more of the anthrax-bearing envelopes passed through the Postal Service center here not long after the World Trade Center attack. Soon after the investigation focused on the plant, it was sealed, its doors and windows covered with heavy plastic sheeting and its water and sewer drains shut off. The plant had sorted four million pieces of mail a day, and its 1,000 workers were scattered, most of them unhappily, to long commutes to other mail offices. Full Story

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